• Will Declassified French Documents Uncover Truth about Ben Barka’s Mysterious Disappearance?
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    Will Declassified French Documents Uncover Truth about Ben Barka’s Mysterious Disappearance?

    Rabat- French authorities' recent decision to declassify intelligence documents from 1965 have opened up the possibility of new revelations regarding the fate of Mehdi Ben Barka, the Moroccan dissident who disappeared mysteriously in that year. The family of the late Socialist leader has expressed hope the documents might provide clues on the circumstances surrounding his disappearance....

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  • 300 Sub-Saharan Migrants Attempt to Cross into Melilla, 100 Successful300 Sub-Saharan Migrants Attempt to Cross into Melilla
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    300 Sub-Saharan Migrants Attempt to Cross into Melilla, 100 Successful

    Rabat- Three-hundred sub-Saharan migrants attempted to force their way across the high double fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Tuesday. According to Agence France Presse (AFP), 100 migrants managed to successfully storm over the fence, which is six meters high with cables criss-crossed between. The attempt was carried out around 5...

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    Belgium’s Wallooon Region Bans Halal and Kosher Slaughter

    Rabat - Belgium has joined  Denmark, Switzerland and New Zealand in banning the slaughter of non-stunned animals. The country’s Wallooon region issued a legislation to ban Muslim halal and Jewish kosher meat starting September 1, 2019. The law was voted on by the Environment Committee of Southern Belgium’s Walloon Parliament, arguing that while Islamic and...

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  • Malawi Withdraws Its Recognition of Polisario’s Self-proclaimed SADR
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    Malawi Withdraws Its Recognition of Polisario’s Self-proclaimed SADR

    Rabat - Malawi has announced on Friday its decision to withdraw its recognition of the Polisario’s self-proclaimed Saharawi Arabic Democratic Republic. The announcement was made by Malawi’s Foreign Minister, Francis Kasayla after a meeting with Nasser Bourita, Morocco's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Malawi established diplomatic relations with the so-called SAR in 2002. Malawi’s move...

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  • Marine Le Pen, a Descendent of Prophet Muhammad?
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    Marine Le Pen, a Descendent of Prophet Muhammad?

     Rabat - An AFP dispatched claiming French far-right leader, Marine Le Pen, is a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, has made the headlines in France and worldwide.  The dispatch circulated widely but was quickly retracted, as the AFP claimed it was a draft that had been “published by mistake.”  Still, Jean-Louis Beaucarnot, the French genealogy...

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  • Donald Trump Supporter Yells ‘Sieg heil!’ Nazi Salute At Las Vegas Rally
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    Trump Says He Would Be 'Honored' to Meet Kim Jong-un

    Casablanca - Peddling back from his recent aggressive language regarding North Korea, US President Donald Trump now says he would be “honored” to meet supreme leader Kim Jung-un. After the two leaders engaged in rhetorical escalation and flexed their military muscles a few weeks ago, the US President, Donald Trump began adopting a milder narrative when...

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  • German Police Arrest Soldier Suspected of Planning Attacks Against Foreigners
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    German Police Arrest Soldier Suspected of Planning Attacks Against Foreigners

    Rabat - A German soldier suspected of planning attacks against foreigners has been arrested, the General Prosecution in Frankfurt said on Thursday. The soldier was stationed was stationed in Illkrich in the outskirts of the French city of Strasbourg. The Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that the soldier was arrested along with a German student, aged...

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  • French Elections: French Immigrants in Morocco Speak Out
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    France 2017 Presidential Election: Le Pen or Macron?

    By Safaa Kasraoui Rabat - A former banker, Emmanuel Macron, has won the first-round vote of French presidential election on April 23. The 39-year-old founder of the En Marche! Party, Macron, won 23.75 percent of the vote in a tight race with the far-right candidate, Marin Le Pen, who received 21.5 percent. Both candidates have publicly spoken to supporters after the vote about their plans. France's presidential second round is...

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  • French Elections: French Immigrants in Morocco Speak Out
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    Macron and Le Pen Qualify for Second Round in French Presidential Election

    Toronto - French Presidential election candidates, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen have both qualified to advance to May 7th’s all-important run-off. Projections from today’s vote have declared that Macron and Le Pen will face each other in the second and final round of presidential voting in France. According to BBC News, speaking in front...

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  • Champs Elysées: French Media Releases Paris Shooter’s Name as Karim Cheurfi
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    Champs Elysées: French Media Releases Paris Shooter’s Name

    New York - French media has released the identity of the lone gunman who shot two police officers in Paris Thursday, killing one. He was 39-year-old Paris resident, Karim Cheurfi.  Police officials are describing Cheurfi as someone who had been on their radar as a potential Islamist radical. According to the Associated Press (AP), he had a...

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    Paris Police Shooter Identified, ISIS Claims Responsibility

    Toronto - The Paris prosecutor has issued a statement saying the shooter has been identified, though they are not releasing his name at this time. Details are still spotty following the shooting of two police officers on the Champs Elysees in Paris Thursday night. One officer was seriously wounded and the second officer died at...

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    Two Police Officers Shot, 1 Killed in Paris

    Rabat - Two police officers have been shot on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. According to BBC News, two police officers were shot and one officer has died. The area has been cordoned off as police investigate the incident. Witnesses are reporting there were at least two gunmen involved in the shooting, however, full details are...

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  • Fox News Ousts Bill O’Reilly
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    Fox News Ousts Bill O’Reilly

    New York - Mounting claims of sexual harassment against the veteran face of Fox News have forced the network to cut Bill O’Reilly loose. Network officials have announced that “The O’Reilly Factor” will not be returning, at least not on Fox. The often-caustic anchorman has ruled the Fox airwaves for nearly two decades. The maelstrom...

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    Macron Emmanuel: France Would not Recognize Palestine if Elected

    Rabat - Speaking to France’s Radio J, a Jewish Radio based out of Paris, on April 9, Emmanuel Macron said unilaterally recognizing Palestine “would not serve anyone” and could create “instability.” The 39-year-old leader of En Marche was very direct when the topic of Israel and Palestine came up. He clearly stated that France is...

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  • MOAB, Mother of all Bombs
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    MOAB Kills 36 ISIS Fighters, No Civilians

    Toronto - The Afghan Defense Ministry has released a statement saying 36 ISIS fighters were killed in Thursday’s bombing of an ISIS stronghold in the Afghanistan province of Nangarhar. No civilian deaths or injuries have been reported. Ministry spokesman, Dawlat Waziri, stated that “No civilian has been hurt and only the base, which Daesh used...

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  • MOAB, Mother of All Bombs
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    US Drops 'Mother of All Bombs' on ISIS Target in Afghanistan

    Toronto - US military officials have confirmed that they have dropped the “mother of all bombs” on a series of caves in Afghanistan known to be used by ISIS fighters, located near the border with Pakistan, on Thursday. The 9800kg bomb represents the largest non-nuclear explosive device ever used by the US in combat. It was...

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  • Baby Makes Dramatic entrance to the World at 42,000 Feet
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    Baby Makes Dramatic entrance to the World at 42,000 Feet

    Rabat - A Turkish Airline jet arrived at its destination with an unexpected passenger, after the cabin crew helped deliver a baby at 42000 feet. NafiDiaby, who was in her 28th week of pregnancy, felt the onset of labor right after the plane took off from Conakry, Guinea to Istanbul. The cabin crew and passengers joined...

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  • Borussia Dortmund
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    Borussia Dortmund Bus Hit By explosions

    Rabat - Police are reporting that three explosions have hit the Borussia Dortmund bus as the team made its way to its Champions League match against Monaco. Marc Barta is the only reported injury, escaping with just an injured hand. All other players have been reported safe and there is no sign of danger in...

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  • The Moroccan Gold Eldorado
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    The Moroccan Gold Eldorado, a Myth or a Reality?

    Rabat - Recently, a conspiracy theory video about a large gold discovery in Morocco is making rounds online. The video claims that a substantial gold reserve was discovered and is being extracted by a Canadian mining company called Maya Gold and Silver. We Moroccans are very proud human beings, we love our country and cherish...

  • Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
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    Qatar: How the Tables Are Turning in The Gulf

    Rabat - Amidst harsh sanctions and a long list of demands from its neighbors, Qatar’s ability to thrive under pressure may prove to be problematic for Saudi Arabia. As Saudi Arabia and its coalition attempt to wait out Qatar, the recent spat in the Gulf continues to become more and more global, and severely against...

  • FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. If the nation doesn’t do more, the U.S. probably won’t quite meet the dramatic heat-trapping gas reduction goal it promised in last year’s Paris agreement to battle climate change, according to a new study. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
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    Climate Change : If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Fix It

    Chefchaouen - Climate change is happening at home and around the world. Chefchaouen is doing its part by embracing clean energy climate solutions and engaging its citizens in climate action. When it comes to fighting climate change, cities and local leaders are best positioned to lead that charge. Local leaders from coastal to landlocked communities are...

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    India Orders Internal Probe into Mistaken Use of Morocco-Spain Border Picture

    Hyderabad - The Indian Ministry of Interior on Wednesday ordered an internal investigation to find out how a picture of Morocco-Spain border was used in its annual report to show floodlights along the India-Pakistan border. What is most embarrassing is that the annual report of previous years was tabled during the Budget Session of Indian...

  • Amid Growing Tension, Thousands of Moroccans Stage Pro-Rif March in Rabat
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    Neglect in Harsh Soil: The Deep Roots of the Rif Crisis

    Rabat - The ongoing protests in northern Morocco started almost eight months ago, but they have their origin in nearly a century of violent repression by the state. The Rif has, in spite of itself, got involved into a peaceful revolt since the death of the fishmonger Mohcine Fikri at the end of October 2016, a...

  • Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani emir of Qatar
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    The Qatar Crisis: What Does It Mean?

    Rabat - The recent diplomatic fallout between Qatar and the rest of the Middle East could have serious economic and geopolitical consequences across the globe. Earlier this week, Qatar’s diplomatic crisis took an extreme turn as several Arab states severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf nation.  The original list of countries in the coalition against...

  • Moroccans spend Laylat al-Qadr, the 26th day of Ramadan, at the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.
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    Ramadan: Not just Abstinence from Daily Intakes 

    By Abdellatif Oudra Rabat - The observance of Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, compels Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset. But it is not just about abstaining from food or drink.  Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed in commemoration of the revelation of Qur’an to the prophet Mohammad,...

  • Morocco Threatens to Terminate Agriculture Agreement with Europe
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    Morocco and the EU: Managing the Future

    Rabat - Morocco enjoys proximity to Europe and is at an advantage of being favoured by the European Union as a close partner on political, economic, and cultural levels. Historical archives and political legacies tie Morocco directly with at least three influential European countries: France, Spain, and England. Demography, kinship, and immigration compel other EU...

  • The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab Spring
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    The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab 'Spring'

    Rabat - In the last ten years or so, the Arab world has seen unprecedented collapses in the realms of politics and economy, among others. World NGOs regularly release area-specific rankings, in which Arab nations commonly rank at the bottom of lists in education, human rights, and income for instance while they top those of...

  • Thousands Hold Peaceful Demonstration in Memory of Mouhcine Fikri
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    Al Hoceima and the Pedagogical Exercise

    Ottawa - What makes a democracy different from non-democracy? This is the classical and historical question asked by philosophers over the centuries and deeply questioned in the discipline of political science. Democracy cannot prevent inequality as the case in the United States where inequality is the highest globally. Democracy cannot stop corruption like in Brazil...